The 2013 Florida Legislative Session concluded on the evening of Friday, May 3. A healthy increase in state revenue -- driven by the improving economy -- allowed the Legislature to avoid the difficult budget-cutting exercises of the past several years. Despite the growth in revenue, legislative leadership resisted several proposals for tax cuts, and in fact engaged in serious discussions of raising corporate taxes. The Legislature ultimately passed a cut in the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment, but only after strong pressure by the Governor, who had made it a top priority.
One of the biggest wins for the business community this year was a state preemption of local ordinances mandating employee benefits – this effectively ends the ugly fight over Orange County’s upcoming ballot item mandating paid sick leave. On the issue of wage protection, however, the House passed the FRF-supported bill, but the Senate allowed its bill to die awaiting a floor vote. As a result, the wage theft ordinances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Alachua counties will remain in place for the time being.
Read more: 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up